Movers & Shakers for Jan. 8
Lt. Col. Benjamin Doyle assumed command of the 168th Operations Support Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, on Dec. 28. Doyle assumed command of the squadron after serving in several different roles within the operations group and within the 168th Wing. The operations support squadron encompasses aircrew flight equipment, intelligence, airfield management, host aviation resource management, boom operators, pilots, crew communication, scheduling, and administration support. The operations support squadron is part of the operations group, which is responsible for providing early warning of ballistic missile attack against the United States and Canada, as well as the tracking of space objects in low earth orbit for Air Force Space Command and for North American Aerospace Defense Command air sovereignty alert. Additionally, the Interior-Alaska Air Guard unit is responsible for short-notice worldwide contingency operations, supporting global refueling, and airlift taskings throughout the Pacific theater.
Judge David Mannheimer was reappointed as Chief Judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals for a two-year term, from Jan. 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. Mannheimer has served on the Court of Appeals since 1990. He has served as the chief judge of the court since 2013. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Mannheimer served as an assistant district attorney in Fairbanks from 1974-76, as an assistant attorney general in Fairbanks from 1976-78, and as an appellate attorney in the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals (in Anchorage) from 1978-90. He was the chief of that office from 1985 until his appointment to the bench.